Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 37-39

Giant schwannoma arising from cervical nerve root with intra-thoracic extension

1 Department of Neurosurgery, Narayana Medical College Hospital, Chinthareddypalem, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of ENT, MM Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Mullana (Ambala), Haryana, India

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Amit Agrawal
Department of Neurosurgery, Narayana Medical College Hospital, Chinthareddypalem, Nellore 524 003, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/2319-2585.125044

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Schwannomas are well-encapsulated benign neurogenic tumors that arise from the nerve sheaths of peripheral nerves. Schwannomas may occur nearly anywhere in the body, but have a predilection for the head and the neck, with an incidence of 40-50%. Rarely, the cervical nerve root can be the site of a large dumbbell neurogenic tumor in the neck. In the present article, we describe the case of a 40-year-old male with a large schwannoma arising from the cervical nerve root with intrathoracic extension. Surgical excision is the treatment of choice for neurogenic tumors, and it has been described that if the lesion is known to be a schwannoma, it is possible to open the capsule and shell out the tumor from the nerve, possibly avoiding functional deficits. However, as in the present case, it may not be possible to resect the tumor safely from the involved nerve root and it may be necessary to sacrifice the nerve involved in the tumor to achieve complete resection.

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